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Community mourns the loss of Hannah Collins, 11, after brain infection

Father who lost son to amoeba: 'Stay the hell out of the water'

Jeremy Lewis of Midlothian, Texas, who in 2010 lost his 7-year-old son Kyle to Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) - known colloquially as "brain-eating amoeba" - spoke to The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette on Thursday, August 4, 2016, abo
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Jeremy Lewis of Midlothian, Texas, who in 2010 lost his 7-year-old son Kyle to Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) - known colloquially as "brain-eating amoeba" - spoke to The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette on Thursday, August 4, 2016, abo

A routine river outing turned to tragedy after a young girl contracted a brain-eating amoeba.

Naegleria fowleri, or "brain-eating amoeba", is an incredibly rare and deadly microorganism that can be found in warm freshwater.

Readers of The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette were quick to offer their support and condolences to the friends and family of young Hannah Collins, who lost her battle Friday.

Hannah, 11, was a student at Riverview Charter School in Shell Point and her battle touched many within the community.

Here is just a sample of the comments readers shared with us in the wake of Hannah’s death.

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